December 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Holy Cross Health President Calls Vaccine ‘A Game Changer’

“Today is amazing, the vaccine gives me hope! I came in from my day off when I was notified.  My kids, age 4 and 6, said this was an early Christmas present. They will be happy to hug mommy and wish for COVID to go away – indeed, this is a gift,” declared Dr. Bonnie […]

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December 15, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Retorno al Salón de Clases se Pospone al 1 de Febrero si se Cumplen las Métricas

Los primeros estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) regresarán al aula el 1 de febrero sólo si la tasa de positividad de COVID-19 del condado es del 5% o menos y hay menos de 15 casos nuevos por cada 100,000 residentes, así lo acordó la Junta de Educación por unanimidad, el […]

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December 15, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Students’ Return to Classroom Pushed Back to Feb. 1 if Metrics Are Met

The earliest Montgomery County Public School students will return to the classroom is Feb. 1 and that only will occur if the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 5% or below and there are fewer than 15 new cases for every 100,000 residents, the Board of Education unanimously agreed Dec. 15. Tuesday, the positivity rate was […]

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December 8, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Woman Puts Best Shoes Forward for the Homeless

Mallery Perkins has lived in Silver Spring for only a year, but that has been enough for her to get involved with helping the homeless she sees living on the streets. During December, she is collecting gently-used sneakers and boots for the homeless, culminating in a Dec. 26 event at Jesup Blair Park on Georgia […]

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November 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

State Approves County’s Previously-Denied Waiver for Early Childcare Centers

After a second letter from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon approved the county’s initially-rejected request asking to continue relaxed teacher-child ratios in early childcare facilities. “Since your first correspondence, we have seen Maryland reporting a seven-day positivity rate of 6.82% and a case rate of 30.9 per 100K,” Salmon said […]

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November 2, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Biotech Company Working on COVID-19 Vaccine Announces Addition of 400 Jobs

A Gaithersburg company currently working on a COVID-19 vaccine announced it is expanding and expects to add 400 new jobs by the end of 2024, with most of the new positions added by March of 2021, according to a news release from Gov. Larry Hogan. Novavax, a late-stage biotechnology company, intends to expand into a […]

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October 14, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Maryland Department of Health Launches Statewide Flu Vaccine Campaign

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Health launched the statewide “Fight the Flu” campaign, urging residents to get the influenza vaccine. The multimedia campaign announced on Tuesday will utilize television and social media, according to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). “Getting vaccinated for the flu every year is important, but this year […]

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September 28, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Fauci Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List

In perhaps the most complex year in the list’s history, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been named to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list for 2020. Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. In those 36 years, he has advised six presidents dating back to […]

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September 22, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

CDC Releases Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating Guidelines

With a socially distant Halloween looming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its holiday celebration guidelines Monday, ranking Halloween activities that pose low, moderate, and high risks. The CDC says traditional activities, including door to door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating, top the list as high risk and recommends avoiding them. Doing so will […]

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August 19, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Will Resume COVID-19 Testing on Thursday

Montgomery County will resume offering COVID-19 testing beginning Thursday, although it will continue not to use AdvaGenix of Rockville as a supplier or to analysis test results. That company was issued a cease and desist directive and order by the Maryland Department of Health last week. On Aug. 20, the county will hold a walk-in […]

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